Sunday, August 31, 2008

Sarah Palin's NHL roundup

Skip to 2:08 for Sarah Palin (nee Heath)'s NHL roundup:

Friday, August 29, 2008

"Hockey Mom" Sarah Palin is McCain's choice for VP.

Well, how about them apples?

Just as we know now that Hillary Clinton would be up at 3:00 in the morning if the red phone rang in the White House, now we can safely know where Alaska Governor and recent Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin will be too- loading the boys into the van so they can make their 5:00 AM icetime for hockey practice.

Can she make policy? I'm not sure, but I bet she makes a mean cup of cocoa.

Way to appeal to the general population of America John McCain, pander to hockey moms, a group that generally live in New England, Buffalo and Minneapolis. I'm sure that New York, Massachusetts, and Minnesota are gonna turn red this time around. Also, she's married to an executive from BP. My brother works there, he likes it fine, and I have no problem with the company, but I gotta tell you, McCain's promise to break the nation's addiction to foreign oil doesn't really take flight when his VP choice is married to an executive from- um, a foreign oil company.

On the bright side, no matter who wins this election, there will be either a black man or a woman in the White House, which is definite progress- or as I call it "Better Luck Next Time Jews!"

But seriously- good pick Johnny.

Nominate a hockey fan. That works great.

Just ask John Kerry.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

OK- Here's why Kevin Paul DuPont is awesome.

I've written about how much I've enjoyed reading Kevin Paul DuPont's column in the Boston Globe many times in the past, even if to point out that he's sometimes a grouch who doesn't have enough faith in the Bruins.

But DuPont is an institution, one of the primary reasons I know a lot about the game of hockey, and a solid writer. Sunday isn't Sunday without the Globe's "Hockey Notes."

So here's a recent example of how goddamn great he is.

In case you don't feel like reading the whole article, The Bruins have a new European prospect named Carl Soderburg who is currently playing for a Swedish team called the Malmo Redhawks. How does DuPont know this? Well, cause it's his goddamn job to know these things. He knows shit like that so people like me don't have to, and God Bless him for it. Either way, that's not what I like about this story. Apparently, a local Swedish newspaper column covering the Redhawks claims that Soderberg will be attending Bruins camp this fall, something that the Bruins claim isn't happening until next season. So how does Dupont handle it?

Check this out:

Former Bruins defenseman Michael Thelven, reached by email in Sweden yesterday morning, supplied a translation of the story, which had Elefalk saying that Soderberg planned to report to Bruins camp. Peo Larsson, GM of Soderberg's Swedish team, the Malmo Redhawks, also said he didn't understand why Chiarelli felt Soderberg would not attempt to make the Boston team for the upcoming season.

"So it seems all the fans of the Malmo Redhawks," noted the report, as translated by Thelven, "have to wait a little bit longer for further news on where Carl Soderberg will play next season."

Rather than accept the party line from the Bruins that everything is hunky dory, DuPont thinks "who do I know who lives in Sweden, and might be able to help me get to the bottom of this?"

And he thinks- "Oh yeah- ex B's defenseman Michael Thelven, (who last laced them up for the Bruins almost 20 years ago) lives over there now and is the CEO of his own company- I'll drop him an email, and see if he can translate this for me."

So he did, and it worked, which I absolutely love. That's called keeping up your connections, and it's what really good journalists do.

Sadly, it's kind of a boring goddamn story, and who really cares if Soderberg shows up to camp this year or next? Not many people, but I'll tell ya, DuPont does, and in the dog days of summer, it's tough to come up with a hockey article.

Good on ya, KPD.

good on ya.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Watching Olympic Water Polo:

So, has anybody else noticed that the primary difference between water polo and ice hockey is temperature?

Wouldn't it be more fun like this?

Friday, August 08, 2008

American Hockey Fan Hall of Fame: Cameron Frye

Cameron Frye:

As Ferris Bueller's best friend, the mild mannered Cameron Frye endures.

A wonderful mimic, wingman, son, and lover of fine art, Cameron struggles under the oppressive thumb of his domineering father, until he ultimately rebels, destroying his father's sports car and heroically sticking around to take responsibility for his actions.

Through it all, this emotionally tormented young man wears a Red Wings jersey in the heart of Chicago, back in the 1980's, when being a Blackhawks fan still meant something.

"Hey Cameron- do you realize that if we played by the rules right now, we'd be in gym?"

Cameron Frye, we salute you.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Really, Bruins?

You gave this guy money?

How much again did you pay the special needs FOOTBALL FAN FROM TENNESSEE to hawk the Bruins all you can eat pass?

I want answers.

If the answer isn't "We decided to do something so inexplicably stupid that hockey bloggers across North America would not be able to resist plugging the new Bruins free popcorn seats" than I'll be pissed.

Actually, if that is the answer, I have to admit, it's kind of brilliant.

So how'd you come up with that idea? Oh, I know- I bet you said- "you know what the problem was with trading Joe Thornton for Marco Sturm, Wayne Primeau, and Brad Stuart? Doing it without tying in a plug for the free food in the upper deck ticket packs. Next time we do something that is totally fucking ridiculous, let's move some nosebleeds!"